Daniel Ricciardo’s hopes of continuing his run of podiums was dealt a severe blow in today’s qualifying for the British Grand Prix, with a suspected turbo failure leaving him in twentieth place.
Ricciardo was in first when, heading down the Wellington Straight and into Brooklands, his car started to lose power. A few moments and some “weird noises” later it completely lost power, leaving the Australian with nothing more to do than park it on the grass and walk back to the pits.
“I’m not 100 percent sure what happened yet but it is a suspected turbo failure,” said Ricciardo. “I lost a bit of power down the straight and heard some weird turbo noises, I thought I could nurse it back to the pits but then it all switched off and we couldn’t save it for the session.”
The session then had to be red flagged to recover the car, allowing the track further time to dry, and between the session restarting and finishing, Ricciardo fell from first to last.
“I’m just disappointed not to show more of what we could do in qualifying as these conditions should have given us a bit more of an opportunity. We were quick straight out of the box today and I was P1 before the failure, so we look pretty good on the intermediate tyre.”
Despite the bad luck having struck his side of the garage, the Red Bull Racing driver is keen to focus on the race ahead, potentially hoping for similar weather to today’s Qualifying.
“Tomorrow is where the points are, we’ve got to work hard to get back in there but it is what it is. Mixed weather could hopefully help me out but I think in either these or dry conditions we can fight through the field and get inside the top ten.”
Despite having set the slowest time in Qualifying, Ricciardo will be starting in nineteenth thanks to a thirty-place grid penalty for Fernando Alonso.